Romans 15

Now we who are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to seek our own pleasure. Let each one of us try to make his neighbor happy for his good, unto his upbuilding. For even Christ pleased not himself; but as it is written, The reproaches of those who were reproaching thee fell upon me. For everything that was written of old has been written for our instruction, that through patience, and through the comfort of the Scriptures, we might have hope.

Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be in full sympathy with one another, in accordance with the example of Jesus Christ; so that with one heart and with one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wherefore always receive one another into fellowship, to the glory of God, even as Christ also received you. For I say that Christ has been made a minister of the Circumcision the people of Israel, in vindication of God’s truth, so that he may confirm the promises given to our forefathers; and so that the Gentiles also should praise God for his mercy, as it is written, Therefore I will offer praise to thee among the Gentiles, And sing to thy name. 10 Or again, Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people. 11 Or again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, And let all the people extol him. 12 Or again, as Isaiah says. There shall be the root of Jesse, And he that arises to rule over the Gentiles; On him shall the Gentiles hope.

13 Now the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may be overflowing with hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.

14 And I myself also am confident regarding you, my brothers, that you yourselves are already full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and well able to give advice to one another. 15 Still I have written unto you the more boldly, in part, by way of reminding you, because of that gift of grace which God bestowed upon me, in making me a priest of Jesus Christ unto the Gentiles. 16 I act as priest of the gospel of God; so that the Gentiles, when offered before him, may be an acceptable sacrifice, because consecrated by the Holy Spirit.

17 I have then my boast in Christ Jesus concerning the things of God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any thing except that which Christ has done through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed, 19 through the might of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Spirit. So that beginning at Jerusalem and its environs, I have proclaimed without reserve the gospel of Christ, even as far as Illyricum. 20 My ambition has been, however, to preach the gospel where Christ’s name was not already known, so that I might not build upon another man’s foundation. 21 But, as Scripture says, He shall be seen by those to whom no news about him ever came, And those who have never heard of him shall understand.

22 This is why I have been so hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I have no more any "opening" in these parts, and since I have longed for many years to come to you 24 whenever I go to Spain, I am hoping to see you on my way there, and to be set forward by you on my way there, and to be set forward by you on my journey thither, after I have enjoyed your company for a little while. 25 Just now I am going to Jerusalem to serve the saints. 26 For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make an offering for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 Yes, it has been made their good pleasure, and their debt, too. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual riches, they owe it to them also to minister to them the Jews in worldly goods. 28 When, therefore, I have settled this, and have secured to them the poor at Jerusalem the fruit of this collection, I shall come on by you into Spain. 29 And I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.

30 Brothers, I beseech you, by Jesus Christ our Lord, and by the love which the Spirit gives, to help me in my struggle by your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the disobedient in Judea; that my mission to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the saints; 32 and that I may come to you in joy, by the will of God, and find rest together with you. 33 The God of peace be with you all! Amen.

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